The Boston 091 (46mm)

The Boston 091 (46mm)

The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)
The Boston 091 (46mm)

Watch Description

The American mechanism inside this watch is not a replica or an "inspired" piece. It was genuinely carried by an individual, 100 years ago, that depended on it. Each time you wear this watch, you will be transported through time, imagining who this individual was and the work they did to help build our country. Simply put, American Artisan Series watches make you feel something when you put them on. At Vortic, we tell customers that owning a watch isn't nearly as important as owning a story. And, this is an opportunity to be a part of a story that is bigger than yourself. You won't be the first to own this watch, and you certainly won't be the last, so make your chapter count.

The American Artisan Series is a line of fully American Made wristwatches powered by restored, U.S. made pocket watch movements. Individuals commonly scrap pocket watch cases for their precious metal, leaving the original mechanism orphaned. This watch contains the original movement (timepiece), dial (face), and hands from a vintage (1880's - 1950's) pocket watch made by Waltham Watch Company. We call this model "The Boston" because of the company's proximity to the city.

What makes the Boston 091 unique: For Today’s Watch of the Day we present this spectacular timepiece from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 091. We love the simplicity of this dial, carefully accented by these grooves that wrap around the entire outer portion of the face, reminiscent of a vinyl record. These stark, bold numerals lay over the top, as well as minute indicators all around the outside. Simple spade-style hands bring character to the watch and stand out against the soft dial, all inside of our sandblasted titanium case. A copper crown adds a nice accent and a touch of color, while this black strap completes the look and ties everything together. We are treated to a visual display of craftsmanship on the movement within this watch, with the entire build plate being carefully machined with this incredibly detailed design that spans multiple layers and keeps your eye moving all around. Rose-gold gears peek through from beneath, as well as a brass balance wheel to add to the visual display. Decorated with 17 friction-set jewels that keep everything turning nicely, and stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch was originally produced in 1917 in Waltham, Massachusetts by the Waltham Watch Company. This is the same year that the design journal “De Stijl” was published, popularizing the De Stijl movement. This was a collection of different designers, producing numerous concepts and publications that threw out the pre-war era designs and replaced them with very minimal style designs that focused purely on functionalism and abolished intricate surface decorations and colors. The style was strongly based on rectilinearity and simplified color tones, and would eventually inspire future designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The group never actually produced many of the products that they designed but played a major role in many of the future design innovations and minimalism movement that followed later in the early ’60s and still into the present day.

Case Style:This case has been CNC milled from a solid block of aerospace grade titanium. We use pressurized, fine glass beads in a sandblasting chamber to soften the edges and make the finish uniform. Titanium is the ultimate material for strength to weight ratio. Titanium has a darker look than steel, and due to its low thermal conductivity, feels warm to the touch. These characteristics create an enduring, highly wearable, distinctive piece.

Movement: The manually wound, antique, pocket watch movement inside this watch has been meticulously restored to as close to original condition as possible. Vortic has an exclusive group of highly experienced watchmakers that specialize in vintage watches. Before its use in a wristwatch, each movement is completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. Each finished Vortic watch is tested for at least a week before completion.

This watch's movement is serial number 21125405 from the Waltham Watch Company. Also known as American Watch Company and American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham was one of the leaders in attempting an entirely new concept, machines making machines. Prior to this, a watchmaker would hand-make each part of a movement one-at-a-time. Operating from 1851-1957, Waltham called its product the "Scientific Watch." Waltham's innovative, precise machining techniques made parts interchangeable, and their early version of the assembly line made high-quality watches efficient to produce. Legend has it that Henry Ford drew inspiration for his assembly line production from a visit to Waltham's factory. Located on the bank of the Charles River in "Watch City" (Waltham), Massachusetts, the factory has since been converted to apartment lofts.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Warranty: Full 2-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions: 
    • Diameter: 46mm
    • Height: 12mm
    • Lug-to-Lug: 55mm
    • Lugs: 22mm
  • Case Finish: Sandblasted Titanium
  • Crown/Hardware: Copper
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Gorilla Glass
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Leather

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Company
  • Serial Number:  21125405
  • Manufacture Year:  1917
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17j
  • Hands: Original
  • Size: 12s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours
It looks like it would have been right at home on the wrist of Indiana Jones! This watch is a showpiece as much as it is as unique timepiece!
—John from Indiana
After receiving the watch in the mail, I was surprised to see the watch somehow looked better in person than it did in the photos. I didn't think that would be possible!
—Mark from Massachusetts
The skeleton back is amazing and the packaging was perfect. To honor the past with details like this is truly impressive.
—Brad from Florida
I own so called "high end" watches such as Rolex, Panerai, and Zenith but they pale in comparison to my two Vortic models which I wear everyday to work.
—Todd from Ohio
What makes the Boston 091 unique: For Today’s Watch of the Day we present this spectacular timepiece from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 091. We love the simplicity of this dial, carefully accented by these grooves that wrap around the entire outer portion of the face, reminiscent of a vinyl record. These stark, bold numerals lay over the top, as well as minute indicators all around the outside. Simple spade-style hands bring character to the watch and stand out against the soft dial, all inside of our sandblasted titanium case. A copper crown adds a nice accent and a touch of color, while this black strap completes the look and ties everything together. We are treated to a visual display of craftsmanship on the movement within this watch, with the entire build plate being carefully machined with this incredibly detailed design that spans multiple layers and keeps your eye moving all around. Rose-gold gears peek through from beneath, as well as a brass balance wheel to add to the visual display. Decorated with 17 friction-set jewels that keep everything turning nicely, and stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch was originally produced in 1917 in Waltham, Massachusetts by the Waltham Watch Company. This is the same year that the design journal “De Stijl” was published, popularizing the De Stijl movement. This was a collection of different designers, producing numerous concepts and publications that threw out the pre-war era designs and replaced them with very minimal style designs that focused purely on functionalism and abolished intricate surface decorations and colors. The style was strongly based on rectilinearity and simplified color tones, and would eventually inspire future designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The group never actually produced many of the products that they designed but played a major role in many of the future design innovations and minimalism movement that followed later in the early ’60s and still into the present day.

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